Summary: I've never had problems with Arctic parts. I'm sure this part would be perfect, if only newegg could figure out how to put it in a size-appropriate box with some decent packing material.
Pros: I'm sure it's a great cooler, tons of positive reviews, and I bet it would even be easy to install.
Cons: Too bad it can't be installed. The first one I ordered was severely damaged in shipping (one of the corners on the heatsink was completely smashed in). The second one that I just recieved back from RMA has both of the mounting clips snapped in half: another quality shipping job, I'm sure.
Pros: I bought this for my general PC at home. Nothing too extreme. It works perfect for that application. Runs quiet as advertised under normal conditions. I'm not overclocking or doing any real gaming on this PC, so this heatsink and fan does the trick for me.
Cons: Can be loud when fan is going full steam. Found this out during some stress tests.
Pros: Kept my CPU cooler by a few degrees than the stock intel one. Significantly less noise. It's cheap and it does it's job.
Cons: Did not fit in my mini-itx build. Using the Cooler Master Elite 130, the top of the fan won't clear the PSU mounted directly over the motherboard. Not a huge deal, I should have done my research. Swapped a stock intel fan and through it in the mini-itx, used this one in the older, bigger tower.
Summary: It does the job, and at this price, that's about all you can ask for.
Pros: Keeps my Hackintosh build nice and cool. I have a m-ITX hackintosh build that needed a fairly low profile cooler for the case I happened to have lying around. This fit the bill pretty well and keeps the CPU under 40C even under full CPU load in a hot office (ambient temp is about 26C (or ~80F) It...
Cons: Being so flat on the bottom, it barely clears the retention brackets around the motherboard and comes very close to some of the transistors on the board. Food for though if you happen to have a very cozy socket layout on your board.
Pros: Cooler works well, better than expected. Idle temps dropped a full 5-7C. Under load I went from 65-68c to under 60c even after long gaming sessions on an over clocked i5 3570k. Quiet and looks nice, very pleased with purchase. I have used ARTIC products in the past, all have been of good quality.
Summary: Since I cannot connect it to my board, I cannot use it. And that makes it worth no more than if they had just sent me a rock. It was $10 so it isn't worth sending it back. Now I have to find something else and go even longer without my computer.
Pros: It looks nice.
Cons: I purchased this fan for a Foxconn G33M02 motherboard with an LGA775 socket. The motherboard had screw holes which were way too small for these little plastic thingies that are fundamental to getting the fan working. For a few pennies more they could have added some screws that could make this wo...
Pros: Bought for an old i5 2500 build. With stock cooler, it was getting over 80C on max load. Went online to find the cheapest viable alternative, found this product. Came with everything needed for installation, and the installation itself went very smoothly. Stock fan idle was around 43C to over 80C...
Cons: Only ran into a very minor issue with a RAM slot being a bit too close to the CPU, ended up sanding down the extra plastic on the fan base. Fit fine afterwards.